Many of the books that we have read in our childhood are part of our lives because they taught us values, adventures, experiences, unforgettable journeys that made us dream, left us a lesson, and take our minds to unimagined places that are even today part of the most beautiful memories that we treasure of our childhood. Those classic stories that we all know and that we want also that our children know because we love them, and they have a great literary and reflective value. Therefore I want to go into this wonderful literary world with the best 15 classic book that I think every child should read.
There are 15 wonderful stories that the children will greatly enjoy (and we also) because they teach us in every adventure an important and valuable life lesson. So, enjoy this little journey through some of the best children’s literature, get inspired and tell me which one is your favorite story and why you love it (if your favorite book is not in the list, let’me know in the comments below).
1.- The little Prince
The little prince is one of the greatest and more beloved books all the time and is a classic of the literature, was written by Antoine de Saint-Exupery and published in 1943. the story is about a pilot who while was repairing his plane in the middle of the Sahara meets the little prince and begin to discover the fascinating history about this prince, who comes from asteroid B 612. One day on the ground of the asteroid born a flower, which he cares with great love, but the flower had a difficult character; was dramatic and capricious, this annoys the little prince so much that he decides to leave his asteroid and travel through the universe looking for a friend. During his travel he visits other asteroids until he reaches Earth where he meets a series of personajes who tell him about the strange world of adults who are always so busy on serious and important issues that they forget to enjoy life.
In this story the little prince learns the importance of looking for the real feelings and find the truth of the people beyond the appearances. It is the fox who teaches to the little prince see with the hart instead of the eyes with these important life lessons: “one sees clearly only with the hart”, “anything essential is invisible to the eyes”, “it is the time you spent on your rose that makes your rose so important.”
This wonderful story was and is today one of my favorite books, its narrative and deep lessons make it a fascinate book.
2.- The Tale of Peter Rabbit
A story written by the famous English writer Beatrix Potter. This story shows us what happens when we disobey our parents. The story begin when Peter Rabbit and his siblings asked to their mother to go out to collect blackberries down the lane, their mother allows them but warns them that they must not go to Mr. McGregor’s farm, but peter Rabbit who was very naughty can’t stand the temptation and ran almost immediately to Mr. McGregor’s farm, disobeying his mother order, there he ate and did everything he wanted until suddenly Mr. Mc Gregor finds him and begin an entire Adventure where Peter Rabbit finally learns an important obedience lesson.
3.- Alice Adventures in wonderland
The story of Alice adventures in wonderland is so popular that it has become in one of the great classics of children’s literature all the time, it is a story full of surrealism where you are going to enter in a magical world where anything is possible. Follow Alice through the hole of the tree trunk where begins a fantastic Adventure full of magic. It is a tale of 12 chapters written by Lewis Carrol and published in England in 1865.
4.- Little women
Who don’t remember the four sisters, each one with a striking and strong character, between them represent any girls growing up at any time. Meg, the eldest, is sixteen and very pretty; fifteen-year-old Jo who loves reading; delicate, thirteen-year-old Beth plays the piano beautifully while twelve-year-old Amy, is pretty but a little bit selfish and indulged. How their sisters fill their time with creative activities and good work and how they all fall in love in their different ways in a period full of charm as well as being totally topical and applicable for modern readers. Written by Louisa May Alcott en 1868.
5.- The adventures of Tom Sawyer
It is very nice to read the Adventures of Tom Sawyer, this was one of the best literary works written in the nineteenth century. It is a story full of adventure, good humor, and joy, we are sure that all who read this story will take a walk through their childhood. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a universal literature novel written by the American Mark Twain and published in 1876
It tells the story of a child growing up in a town called St.Petersburg located on the banks of the Mississippi River, which is totally fictional and symbolizes a similar population located in Missouri, where the author grew up. This story unfolds before the War of Succession.
Tom is an imaginative boy who lives with his aunt Polly, his half-brother, and his cousin Mary. Aunt Polly had a deep love and affection for Tom, but she was very strict in his education, like almost all the ladies of that time, but Tom became too overwhelming and always questioning all the rules, but then is a transformation in Tom from a rebellious boy to a responsible and well-respected young man.
Heidi’s story is one of the stories that since I was little has captivated my Heart for its nobility and high moral values (also because in my school everyone called me Heidi). It is the story of a little orphan who is taken by her aunt to live with her next of kin but then her aunt found a job in Frankfurt and Heidi had to going to live with her grandfather, who lived in a cabin up the Swiss Alps. At the begin the old man is rough and unfriendly, but the little girl’s sweetness will soon soften him. Heidi also meets Peter a child that also live in the mountains and is a goat’s shepherd, they became good friends and together they climb the mountains to graze the goats. Heidi’s life is peaceful and happy, until one day her aunt comes back and take Heidi with her to the great city of Frankfurt. There Heidi sees her life radically transformed suffers and misses her grandfather and the mountains but in the city, she meets Clara, and they became also friends, Clara is a rich girl but invalid and very lonely and Heidi’s company transforms her life. Eventually Heidi returns to the Alps along with her grandfather and continues her adventures. Written by Johanna Spyri 1880-1881.
7.- Treasure Island
Treasure Island chronicles is a distant time adventure, in which there were still pirates and treasures hidden in deserted islands. In this story, the map of an island falls into the hands of the young Jim Hawkins, the map indicates the place where the greatest pirate of all the time has hidden his loot. Along with a baron, a doctor and a colorful crew, Jim set off to looking for the island. A portion of the crew turns out to be made up of mutineer mercenaries, so good treasure hunters must overcome countless obstacles before they can get their reward.Few sailors return safely to England. The author draws on a cherished theme from 19th-century adventure novels: the quest for pirate treasure. With the simple and colorful language of Treasure Island, Stevenson gives a personal style to the genre. His novel is one of the culminating points of the adventure literature and has found avid readers not only among teenagers, but also in adult audiences.
8.- The jungle Book
If you are looking for a book to read or give away, we can advise you that the Book of the Jungle is an experience that is going to transport you into a story about a far away jungle in India and how a child gets lost in it and is raised by a herd of wolves. An amazing story where you are going to delighted with all the description of the Indian jungle. Written by Ruyard Kipling and published in 1894.
9.- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has been casting its magic spell on readers for over 100 years. Join Dorothy and her dog Toto with their friends the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion on their amazing adventure in the magical world of Oz.
The Wizard of Oz is one of the most published books in the United States and Europe, written by L. Frank Baum in 1900 and recounts the Adventures of a girl named Dorothy Gale when a tornado transports her to the land of Oz, there she begins her Adventure looking for the way to back home. Along the way she gets new friends who follow her and together they must overcome all kind of obstacles that are imposed to find the oz magician who is the only that have the power to return Dorothy to her house. It is a story that every child should read because each one of the characters give us a life lesson of Friendship, courage and we learn that we should not be guided by appearances because these are often enganous. It is one of the best-known stories in American culture and has been translated into several languages.
10.- Pippi Long stocking
This classic story is about a wonderful little girl. Pippi Long stocking is nine years old girl who lives alone with a horse and a monkey and spends her days having wonderfully imaginative adventures with her friends. Anyone who doesn’t know her would think she’s an ordinary girl. But it owns extraordinary strength and unique determination that make it a bulwark of feminism. Written by Astrid Lingren.
11.- Charlotte’s Web
Charlotte’s web is one of the most popular and beloved children’s books with a strong lesson about the loyalty and the power of the true friendship. It is a story between Charlotte the spider and Wilbur the pig. When he knows that he is going to be slaughtered for Christmas, he gets very scary, but his good friend Charlotte make a plan for save his life. Can Charlotte the spider save Wilbur’s life? a story with an unexpecting end. Written by E.B White and published 1952.
12.- The Secret Garden
It is a beautiful and interesting story about transformation and mental and spiritual healing from selfish, friendless, and isolating children to physical and spiritual healthy children full of life. How was that possible?
Through The magic of the nature, the friendship, and the positive thinking the perfect recipe for a good and healthy life.
Written by Frances Hogdson Burnett and published in 1911.
13.- The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
When we go into the fantasy everything is possible even going to mythic world through a wardrobe and finding another dimension full of magic adventures. Four siblings: Lucy, Susan, Peter and Edmund find in a wardrobe the door to Narnia, another land where the evil white witch keep the control of Narnia with a perpetual winter and turning to stone who is against her. The arriving of the children gives a Narnia a hope of freedom, how can the children liberating Narnia from the rule of the white witch? discover this fantastic and magic story full of adventures with legendary creatures suffering under the rule of the white witch and the conflict between the good and the evil. Written by C.S Lewis and published in 1950.
14.- The Hobbit
The Hobbit it is a fantastic children’s story where the author J.R.R Tolkien translates us into a fantasy world with mythic personages that are looking for an ancestral treasure. A group of dwarfs and the wizard Gandalf persuade the hobbit Bilbo Baggins to join them to the adventure to rescue the treasure that is in possession of Smaug the dragon in the lonely mountain. This legendary universe created for Tolkien was published in 1937 and was an absolute success, due to this success, the publishers asked to Tolkien for a sequel that later Tolkien named The Lord of the rings, this sequel made that Tolkien had to modify The Hobbit for the second edition and so both stories match even better. A master piece for who love mythic stories.
15.- The sword in the stone
The sword in the stone is the last but not less important story because is one of the great classical children’s books. This magic story begins when a boy called Wart find the wizard Merlyn and these become his tutor.
Merlyn is an oud magician who live backward to the time and posses the ability to know the future and performance all kind of magic, he educated and guide Wart through magic lessons to the sword in the stone.
Every magic lesson of Merlyn also encloses a life lesson for Wart because he transforms him in different kind of animals and in every transformation, Wart learn a different lesson about the life, the power, the politic, the philosophy and the war. The young Wart become years later in a man and with all these knowledges he finds the sword in the stone and became in the legendary king Arthur. An unforgettable story that combine fantasy, history and legend, an story that every child should read. Written by T.H. White and published 1938.
Fabulous stories, isn’t it!!! Now the difficult is choose the first one for enjoy the weekend. A big hug and thank you very much for reading me.
Live and enjoy a more chic life.
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